Battle of the Beer Shops to take place in August

Nine of London’s top craft beer shops will go head to head next month in a collaborative brewing challenge for London Beer City.

The Battle of the Beer Shops event, which is organised by South London beer retailer Hop Burns & Black, sees nine craft beer retailers pair up with some of London’s favourite breweries to create a range of special collaborative beers.

Each shop will sell their beer in their own outlets during London Beer City and beyond, and the nine brews will go head to head at a public final, to be held at Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green on Thursday 10 August from 7pm. A panel of judges will select a winner and the public will also be invited to cast their votes for a People’s Choice award.

The event founder, Jen Ferguson of Hop Burns & Black, said: “London Beer City is a celebration of fantastic beer in London, so we thought we’d give our fellow beer shops the opportunity to brew a fantastic London beer of their own.

“Selling beer in London can be very competitive, but it is also a lot of fun. This competition – which we plan to make an annual event – offers beer shops the chance to indulge in some friendly rivalry, with delicious results.

“We have been delighted at the response. Get ready for some awesomely creative collaborations, which beer lovers will get to taste and judge at the final event at Mother Kelly’s as well as all over London in the capital’s best beer shops,”

Participating shops and breweries include:

Beer Boutique and Brixton Brewery

Caps &Taps and Orbit Beers

Clapton Craft and Affinity Brew

Hop Burns & Black and Brew by Numbers

Kill The Cat and a’tiny brewers trio’ of Earth Ale, Solvay Society and Boxcar Brewery

Microbeers and Twickenham Fine Ales

Mother Kelly’s and Redchurch Brewery

Real Ale and The Park Brewery

We Brought Beer and London Beer Lab

London Beer City runs from 3 to 13 August with a range of events taking place at pubs, bars and breweries across the city. A full programme is available at

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